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Brunswick Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Cocaine and Numerous Drug Charges
State v. David Alphonso King

February 23, 2024

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that David Alphonso King, 42, of Brunswick, Georgia, entered a negotiated guilty plea in Glynn County Superior Court on February 20, 2024, to numerous drug charges. King plead guilty to felony charges of Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; and two misdemeanor charges of Possession of Drug Related Objects and a Window Tint Violation.

The facts of this case showed that on January 05, 2022, K9 Officer William Duggan of the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) conducted a traffic stop on a White 2009 Chevrolet Impala near Johnston Street and Fourth Street in Brunswick.

Officer Duggan had a hard time seeing through the windows into the vehicle and made a passenger side approach and first spoke to the front seat passenger who was holding an open container of alcohol. Officer Duggan observed another open container of alcohol, a Corona beer, in the center console next to the driver who was later identified as the defendant, David King. Officer Duggan began questioning King, who had stated to Officer Duggan that the vehicle was not his. During questioning, Officer Duggan determined King’s driver’s license was suspended and King admitted that he had a marijuana blunt in the ashtray of the vehicle.

Officer Duggan called for assistance and a search of the vehicle was conducted. On the driver’s side floorboard was a green Crown Royal bag which had another Crown Royal bag inside of it that contained several clear plastic baggies with powder cocaine and crack cocaine. There were 11 bags of cocaine in total along with one bag of 14 multicolored pills, a small baggie of marijuana, and another bag with a white powdery substance that was a schedule I controlled substance along with two razor blades. On the defendant’s person was $317 dollars in cash found in the front pocket of his overalls in different denominations, and $80 dollars in cash in his right front shorts pocket in different denominations. The defendant also had two small bags of cocaine on his person. One with crack cocaine and one with powder cocaine. In the center ash tray was a rolled marijuana cigarette, another half marijuana cigarette and a clear baggy containing marijuana.

In the backseat of the vehicle there was a Nike backpack. That backpack had three containers inside of it. One container had $200 in cash. One container had one bag with 17 pills which were a schedule I controlled substance, 1 clear plastic bag with 29.2 grams of cocaine, 1 clear plastic bag with 14.2 grams of crack cocaine, 1 clear plastic bag with 48 MDMA or Ecstasy pills, 1 clear plastic bag with 24.8 grams of marijuana, and another bag of powder cocaine which had a weight of 15.6 grams. The backpack also had two digital scales, a marijuana grinder, and a bank card, bank paperwork, and a Georgia ID Card all of which belonged to the defendant, David King.

King was sentenced before Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett, Jr. on February 20, 2024, to a summary total for the six counts of 15 years to serve in the Georgia Department of Corrections, and a mandatory fine of $200,000 for the Trafficking in Cocaine charge.

According to Assistant District Attorney Leland McElveen, who prosecuted this case, “Drugs continue to poison our community and our country. This was an example of great proactive policing by GCPD Officer Duggan. A simple traffic stop helped get numerous drugs off the street and to this defendant ultimately being held accountable.”

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.